Demolition company tears down wrong house in Texas and homeowner sues
Lindsay Diaz lost her duplex home in Rowlett, Texas when Seagoville based Billy L Nabors Demolition mistakenly tore down the house following a rash of deadly tornados in late December 2015.
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According to the lawsuit filed by Diaz, the demolition company whose slogan is “We could wreck the world” – failed to perform due diligence when they erroneously drove to her duplex at 7601 and 7603 Calypso Drive, rather than their actual target home, which was located at 7601 Cousteau Driver.
The houses, which were a mere block away from one another, had both suffered tornado damage. Diaz, however, had not sought to have hers demolished and was actually anticipating fixing the building, but was simply waiting on a FEMA estimate before commencing with repairs. Diaz had even submitted a permit to rebuild, but then received that fateful phone call. Unfortunately, her plans had been completely rendered moot.
The chief executive of Nabors Demolition, George Gomez, claimed that the demolition crew was mistakenly sent to the wrong house because of a Google Maps error. At the time, the company crew was certain they had arrived at the right home and were confident they had torn down the correct structure until they were notified of their mistake.
It is purported that Gomez initially told one local news outlet that the demolition was “not a big deal” and that the company’s insurer would handle the situation. The statement began to circulate online, during which Diaz attempted to contact Nabors, but was unable to get in contact with the company.
It wasn’t until after thousands of residents responded to the story on Facebook, and after an influx of negative media coverage, the Diaz said the demolition company finally reached out to her to offer an apology. Diaz is quoted as saying, “I sat down with them and we spoke with them and they sincerely apologized. They promised to help and to make it right.”
However, since that conversation, Diaz has filed suit alleging that attorneys for Nabors have failed to agree to a full settlement for the mistaken demolition.
The lawyer representing Diaz added that Nabors Demolition also damaged the foundation of the property and have thus added to Diaz’s rebuilding costs. Furthermore, because the insurance repair estimates were based on the original damage the house sustained by the tornado, Diaz is now being forced to cover the total cost of rebuilding.
The legal representative of Diaz in her lawsuit against the company stated that Nabors were absolutely negligent in their failure to ensure that Diaz’s duplex was the correct home prior to initiating the demolition. “If you’re in a business of demolition, especially of homes, you need to have more due diligence. I think it was gross negligence. I think they should have taken additional step to make sure they were tearing down the right home.”
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